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Articulation (Phonetic) Assessment

Children’s speech sound disorders (SSDs) were among the first type of speech and language problems addressed by Speech–Language pathologists (SLPs) and are still one of the most prevalent types of communication disorder. Phonetic assessment of articulation refers to the process employed in evaluation of an individual’s speech sound production. This entry describes the process in three interacting stages: collecting a sample of child speech sound production, measuring the child’s speech sound production using a scale, and analysis of the child’s speech sound production to inform intervention choices.

Collecting Samples of Child Speech Production

The method used to elicit children’s speech sound samples depends on the child’s stage of language development and the examiner’s purpose. Assessment procedures for toddlers typically involve a conversational interaction that the adult manipulates ...

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